Monday night is the one time of the week my wife and I actually get to sit and eat dinner together, so we normally make the most of it and cook something more extravagant. Yesterday we went for a three curry feast: Smothered lamb, vegetable curry and an experimental coconut prawn concoction...
I've already written about my version of Madhur Jaffrey's Smothered Lamb here. It's my favourite for warming myself up in these cold months, the combination of slow cooked lamb and coriander makes for a luxurious filling feast.
The coconut prawn concoction is also adapted from one of Ms. Jaffrey's recipes...
Combine the following:
One chopped tomato (peeled and cored)
The juice of half a lemon
A handful of finely chopped fresh coriander (stalks and leaves)
A finely chopped hot green chili
A teaspoon of Korean medium chili powder
Half a teaspoon of salt
Half a teaspoon of sugar
A teaspoon of garam masala
Half a teaspoon of cumin powder
Half a can of coconut milk
A little water
Stir it all together then fry off a teaspoon of mustard seeds and three crushed cloves of garlic in some oil, then add the coconutty mess to the pan.
Leave to reduce to whatever consistency you prefer, then fry as many prawns as you like in a little oil, add them to the sauce and you're pretty much done. Throw in a handful of chopped spinach and allow to wilt. Serve.
Fortunately my wife is a dab hand at making chappatis. We've been experimenting with flour combinations and last night we tried a mix of buckwheat, wholemeal and plain flour. Delicious...
Finally, it is important that your Monday night curry should be served with at least one Winnie the Pooh spoon. If not, then the whole meal just won't feel right without Milne's classic characters staring into your mouth...